Local group raises awareness about Quincy Bay restoration
QUINCY, IL —
The Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association held an open house Tuesday night to bring awareness surrounding issues in the Quincy Bay.
QBAREA members say the community has wanted the area cleaned up for decades.
The group is now re-applying for federal funding after a $20-million proposal was shot down over misunderstandings in the application process.
The main goal is to restore the habitat and modify what's known as the cut through.
“There is a lot of people that don’t always understand what is causing the sediment, what can we do to prevent it once we get the dredging done, and get the water back to the elevation it was when the locks and dams were built,” Klingner said. “That was about 10 feet deep during flat pool, during normal conditions, and now we have almost totally lost it.”
Klingner says one big problem is that both the railroad bridge and Lock and Dam 21 have changed river flow patterns over the years.
He also says sediment build up has made it difficult for the river's habitat and recreational purposes.